Parkland student David Hogg rejects Fox News host's apology

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In this combination photo, Fox News personality Laura Ingraham speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 20, 2016, left, and David Hogg, a student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., speaks at a rally for common sense gun legislation in Livingston, N.J. on February 25, 2018.

Her tweet linked to a report noting Hogg had been rejected from four California colleges. "(Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)" she tweeted.

Several companies have announced they are pulling their advertising from Ingraham's show following a tweet by Hogg.

Yesterday LGBTQ Nation reported that four companies - TripAdvisor, Expedia, Wayfair, and Rachael Ray's Nutrish - had severed ties with Ingraham's show.

"On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologise for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the courageous victims of Parkland", she said.

Rather than stay mum or go silent, Hogg clapped back at Ingraham by encouraging advertisers to boycott her show. "The hardest part is just believing you can and continuing that effort to change the world, because you eventually will", Hogg said Friday on CNN. He told followers, "If you want to help I would suggest contacting 3-4 of these companies", adding, "Let's do this".

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The online furniture seller Wayfair said in a statement to the Times: "The decision of an adult to personally criticize a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values". A year ago, Bill O'Reilly, then the biggest star at Fox, saw dozens of advertisers flee his top-rated program after a New York Times story revealed that he had paid multiple settlements to women who had accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

Ingraham responded to the controversy by insisting that she tells all kinds of celebrities, including musicians and actors, to "shut up" and do their job.

Hogg, who has gained hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers in the last month, has continued to publicly pressure Ingraham's sponsors. After Sean Hannity supported Alabama judge Roy Moore in his campaign for the U.S. Senate, five companies removed their ads, including Keurig.

Fox News, which has not offered a statement, has faced a number of ad boycotts in recent years.

The Ingraham Angle airs weeknights at 10 p.m. on Fox News. "We do not plan to continue advertising on this particular program".

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